VA benefits

VA benefits for COVID

VA Disability Benefits for COVID-19

As of September 2022, nearly half a million military members had gotten sick with COVID-19. And when that many people get sick with the same thing–especially in the military–many of them could have lingering effects that others don’t experience. Where coronavirus goes, there’s a problem called “long COVID”, which may aggravate other medical issues or create… Read more »

VA disability compensation

VA Benefits for Disabilities Appearing Within a Year After Discharge

When you prepare to retire or separate from military service, you are given a checklist of things to accomplish ahead of your final out-processing appointments. One of those is starting the claims process with the Department of Veterans Affairs for any service-connected medical issues for which you might be entitled to VA compensation. But some… Read more »

veteran benefits

How to Add Dependents to Your Veteran Benefits

Changes in marital status, family size, and other factors are common, but when veterans need to add or remove someone from their VA benefits, there is a specific procedure that must be followed. Adding a new child, a new spouse or a parent who has come to depend on you financially to your military benefits… Read more »

Montgomery GI Bill

Montgomery GI Bill COLA Increases for FY 2023

Those using the Montgomery GI Bill can expect to see an increase in monthly GI Bill payments starting in October 2022. Fiscal 2023 GI Bill payments are increasing by nearly three percent from last year thanks to the annual Cost-Of-Living Adjustment or COLA. Those using the Post 9/11 GI Bill have already received their COLA…. Read more »

PACT Act

How The PACT Act Changes VA Benefits

The PACT Act, also known as The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, is one of the largest VA healthcare expansions and reforms in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs. There are sweeping changes for those who have served since 9/11 but there are also provisions for those who have served in the… Read more »

VA Native American Direct Loans

The VA home loan benefit typically allows military members with a minimum amount of qualifying service to apply for a zero-down mortgage with limits on certain closing costs, no penalty for early payoff, and the ability to refinance with a VA Streamline loan later on. A typical VA home loan experience requires the borrower to… Read more »

The VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits and services for those who are caregivers serving disabled veterans. There are options for those caring for vets with service-connected medical issues as well as for non-service-connected disabilities. One major VA option for caregivers is the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. This program can help… Read more »

VA Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a VA benefit offered to surviving spouses, children, and parents of a service member or veteran who died in the line of duty. DIC benefits are also offered to the qualifying survivor of a veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness. DIC offers a monthly payment, which… Read more »

VA loans

VA Loans: Why Credit Scores Matter

Credit scores are one “pillar” of VA loan approval, and combined with your loan repayment record and your history of income and employment, this information tells the lender a great deal about you as a potential credit risk. But the credit score issue can be confusing for many. One of the most important things to… Read more »

Montgomery GI BIll

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-AD)

The Montgomery GI Bill is an education benefit offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those who serve a minimum amount of time on Active Duty qualified for this benefit provided they opted in during basic training or in their initial enlistment. The Montgomery GI Bill program is closed to new recruits (see below); you… Read more »